Turbo BMWs: 2012 BMW 528i Priced from $48,575, Z4 sDrive28i from $49,525

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BMW has announced pricing for the 2012 528i sedan and Z4 sDrive28i roadster. The “28i” designation indicates that both cars receive BMW’s new turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four engine. The engine produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. In both cars, the turbo-four replaces a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-six.

The rear-wheel-drive 2012 528i starts at $48,575 (including an $875 destination charge), while the all-wheel-drive 528i xDrive costs $49,875. Those prices represent an increase of $3150 compared to the 2011 528i, which was offered only with rear-wheel drive. The 2011 528i produced just 240 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque. BMW says the 2012 528i is 0.4 seconds quicker to 60 mph, at 6.2 seconds, than the 2011 model. It also should prove about 15 percent more fuel efficient than the 2011 car.

The 2012 Z4 sDrive28i starts at $49,525 after an $875 destination charge, which is $2150 more than the 2011 Z4 sDrive30i it replaces. The new engine produces 15 fewer horsepower but 40 more horsepower than the turbocharged mill in the 2011 Z4. The 2.0-liter engine also is smaller and lighter than the inline-six it replaces, meaning it can be located closer to the firewall and thus improve the Z4’s weight balance. BMW hasn’t disclosed performance estimates, but says the sDrive28i should be 20 percent more efficient than its predecessor, the sDrive30i.

Both of the four-cylinder turbocharged cars go on sale this fall.

Source: BMW

The Z4 would look much better if they didn't try to continue the crease from the hood alongside the car across the door. It's awkward looking. The natural angle of the car foes down toward the front, but the crease goes up? Mercedes has done a much better job with having a cohesive design with their 2012 SLK roadster.
What are they drinking in Munich (too much beer I guess) to think a 4 cylinder can demand 3 grand more than a 6? Audi had the good sense to know they can't get away with a 2 liter in the A6 without a price drop. I like BMW's but I hope the 528i flops because this is pure arrogance. And the Z4... it is one of the most beautiful roadsters I have ever seen. But it is way overpriced. Porsche started this ridiculous price gouging when they realized there are people stupid enough to pay anything. BMW jumped on the wagon and the Z4 went from a nice fairly priced roadster to a joke.
It doesn't matter how good 4 cyclinder is, it still can't match smoothness of 6 cylinder. Remember 4 cylinder sports car Lotus Esprit? 4 cylinder could be good at many cars (Good ex: Hyundai Sonata and Sonata Turbo) but not any car over $30000.
Indeed, I find it hard to believe that a 4 cylinder can replace a six (any six, but especially an in line). But Audi has already done it with the A4. I loved that 4. There I said it. So maybe its possible. I'll wait and see.
The 35s carry on with the turbo I6. Only the 28 series get the new four. So rest easy, you'll be able to purchase another six cylinder when your 335 gives out.
I have a 2008 528i and love the NA I6. I bought the BMW for the driving experience, not to get 30+ mpg.
$49,000 for a four cylinder car??? What a joke, I love BMW's, but I will not be replacing my 335i for a four cylinder

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